SCIENCE for grades 2-3



NOTE:  These classes meet on Tuesdays from 10:00-12:00.  The preschool group and K-1 group also meet during this time.
To sign up, you must either speak to me in person or email me.
You don’t have to pay online.  You can use my online payment option if that is best for you.  However, you may also bring payment as cash or check when classes begin.
The price of the classes is just a materials fee.  There isn’t any extra tuition on top of this.  This is the only fee.  (I can keep the prices low because of the generosity of the church whose building I use, and because I don’t derive any income from the classes.  My income comes from the online sales of the curriculum I write.)



Science in North America:  Biomes and Deserts

September 4  to Oct. 9  (10:00-12:00)  (6 classes total)


       After doing an overview of the biomes of North America, we will look at many of the specialized plants and animals that live in the deserts in the west and do some scientific drawings of some of them.  We will do a quick survey of the deserts of the world and why the occur where they do.   I don’t have a curriculum for this topic, so we will be using library books that students can borrow each week.  I hope to be able to provide all books and supplies that they will need.


Science in South America:  Rain forests and cold deserts

Oct. 23 to Dec. 4  (10:00-12:00)  (6 classes total)


             We’ll continue in our ecological journey by going southward.  We’ll not only investigate the rain forests of the Amazon, but also the cold deserts in the southern portion of the continent.  Art will be an important feature of this unit, with drawings and crafts about the plants and animals of South America.


Science in Antarctica

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 2, 19, 26 (10:00-12:00)  (7 classes total, with the extra day being a built-in snow day)  NOTE: No class Feb. 14, to allow for special homeschool activities that day.


       This is always a favorite topic, even with people like me who really hate cold weather.  Antarctica is mysterious and fascinating.  We’ll take a look at its geography and geology as well at its ecology.  Thousands of scientists work in Antarctica. What do they do?  We’ll learn about the various types of research that goes on, and will provide video field trips to research stations (both in class and watchable at home).  I created a game called “Science in Antarctica” that we’ll play as a fun review at the end of the unit.


Forces and Motion

Mar. 19 to April 23    (10:00-12:00)  (6 classes total)


      This is your classic Galileo and Newton stuff– gravity, Newtons’s laws of motion, projectile motion, levers and pulleys, etc.  It should be a very hands-on unit!  We’ll make sure to learn about Galileo and Newton and find out why they are so important in the history of science.